Posts by bmontgomery

How to Talk Positively About Exercise with Your Kids

Posted by on Apr 2, 2019 in Exercise, Physical Therapy | 0 comments

How to Talk Positively About Exercise with Your Kids

All kids need exercise. Stacks of scientific research through the years support the myriad ways exercise helps young bodies and minds as they develop and grow. It’s important, then, for parents to encourage their children to be active and develop healthful habits as they grow and develop. During such conversations, however, Apex physical therapist Brock Monger says setting a positive tone is paramount. “Learning the values of good fitness and nutrition should be a confidence-building exercise for kids and adolescents,” said Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy in Madras. “We recommend...

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Get Moving with Tai Chi

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Get Moving with Tai Chi

After attending a Tai Chi workshop, I became fascinated with this ancient Chinese art of movement. With facts boasting of 47 percent reduction in fall rate and a way to meld strength, balance and coordination it became clear I had found a new way to educate our clients here at Apex with a form of exercise that they could continue after completing their course of formal physical therapy. As a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), in Tai Chi I see elements of joint range of motion, weight shifting, core stabilization, balance and collective muscle group coordination that can help with a myriad...

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5 Exercise Myths for People 55 and Older, according to Apex Physical Therapy

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Active & Aging | 1 comment

5 Exercise Myths for People 55 and Older, according to Apex Physical Therapy

While it’s expected that most older people tend to slow down with age, the notion that seniors and soon-to-be seniors should trade in exercise and their active lifestyles for less activity and slowing down is definitely antiquated, says Apex physical therapist Brock Monger. And yet, when it comes to exercise for the 55-and-older population, plenty of myths continue to drive people’s actions – or rater, inactions – when it comes to putting in the right amount of sweat equity to stay healthy and active. “From a purely physiological perspective, sure, you’re going to start to slow down a little...

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Good Night’s Sleep Linked to Optimal Physical, Mental Health

Posted by on Dec 20, 2018 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

Good Night’s Sleep Linked to Optimal Physical, Mental Health

At a time when studies indicate people are getting increasingly less sleep, one thing remains clear, says physical therapist Brock Monger of Madras: we need to take sleep much more seriously as it is critical to both health and healing. “Those who don’t get enough sleep are prone to a number of health-related issues that can interfere with quality of life and even life expectancy,” said Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy in Madras. “This can also interfere with healing, overall mood, cognition, and energy levels. There is a link between physical activity and sleep.  Physical activity...

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Keeping Our First Responders Healthy and On the Job

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018 in Injury Prevention | 0 comments

Keeping Our First Responders Healthy and On the Job

They’re the first to help those in emergency situations, but first responders are among the most selfless when they experience pain or injury of their own, says Apex physical therapist Brock Monger. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), more than 22,000 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) first responders suffer on-the-job injuries each year – about 8 percent of the workforce. “Ironically, one of the main reasons first responders are injured on the job is because they are unlikely to report injuries in the first place, or won’t seek treatment unless the pain...

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